Alpha Aviation Group’s new pilot training school in the Philippines has begun
training its first group of cadets, who should receive their Airbus A320 type
rating in 12 months.
commercial officer Nigel Harwood says the first group of cadets began training
at the newly established Clark Institute of Aviation on 29 January. The would-be
pilots are each paying $75,000 for the course.
students are starting with five months of ground training, which will be
followed by flight training in a single-engine aircraft and then simulator
training, after which they will receive an A320 type rating. Training will follow
the ICAO-approved Multi-Crew Pilot Licence syllabus.
facility at Clark is all completely set up and running now,” says Harwood.
got the classrooms, the restaurant, the rooms – it’s a full school campus now
and the first group began their training on Monday.”
He says Alpha Aviation, which was only established early last year,
is also talking to several Asian airlines about training their ab initio pilots at the Clark Institute, which is located at
the former Clark Air Force Base outside the Philippine capital Manila.
A320 ‘Level D’ full-flight simulator manufactured by CAE is now being installed
and it should be ready for training in March or April, says Harwood, who adds
that spare time will be sold on the simulator to airlines wishing to conduct their
own recurrent training.
Aviation now has two training centres, the other being Bond Aviation Solutions’
centre in Amsterdam, which has a current-generation Boeing 737 full-flight
simulator. Alpha Aviation acquired UK-based Bond in the second half of last
says the company is continuing to look at establishing pilot training schools in
emerging markets such as India and the Middle East, adding that a memorandum of
understanding has been signed with an airline in the Middle East for a joint-venture
is our intention to have a number of institutes set up around the world,” says
the end of this year we would like to have four up and running.”
also says Alpha Aviation is looking to add a second simulator at the Clark
Institute “probably later this year or early 2008”, of a type that has yet to